Piceno's poor strike rate on the all-weather is off-putting and The Great Gabrial remains 6lb higher than when scoring over track and trip last month. Rugosa has shown nothing in a couple of outings this year and Kakapuka has failed to figure since scoring at Epsom during the summer. LEONARD THOMAS came with a late run to make a winning start over 7f at Kempton. The extra distance will suit on that evidence and David Lanigan's colt can follow-up on his handicap debut.
Piceno (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 21, 16l behind Four Winds (9-5) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
The Great Gabrial 15-2 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, no impression towards finish, 4th of 13, 2l behind Apollo D'Negro (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Rugosa 10-1 (9-10) Led after 1f, narrowly headed and hung left from 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Storming (8-12) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Kakapuka 3-1fav (9-5) Raced in 3rd and well off the pace, driven along and no impression 2f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 7, 19l behind Crimson Queen (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Sep.
Timothy T 33-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 22l behind Martian (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Ewell Place (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 11, 31l behind Grilletto (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Leonard Thomas 5-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway and switched far side well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Pucker Up (9-0) by 1l, 8 ran.
Striking Echo 50-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden and hung left over 1f out, last of 8, 24l behind Kohlaan (9-7) at Warwick 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Chiswick Bey (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden when weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 16l behind Piceno (8-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Club House (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Dwelt in rear, never a factor, 9th of 11, 13l behind Johnno (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.